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San Francisco’s Ahead of Foie Gras Ban

San Francisco’s Ahead of Foie Gras Ban

While California’s Governator has already signed a bill that will make it illegal to produce or sell foie gras as of 2012, San Francisco’s getting ahead of the curve with the passage of a resolution that supports restaurants that voluntarily remove foie gras from their menus.

Foie gras has been the subject of debate between animal right’s activists and chefs along with those who can’t seem to live without feasting on a duck’s diseased fatty liver. 

Those who support foie gras have argued that they’ve been to foie gras farms and believe that the birds are being treated humanely, which just begs the question, what is humane foie gras?

Aside from the abuse by handlers, and deplorable living conditions, the entire purpose of foie gras farms is to raise ducks with big fat diseased livers, causing them to suffer extreme agony, as their livers grow to ten times their normal size. That alone would appear to make any argument that foie gras can be humane completely moot.

Cheers to this resolution and to California for being the first state to ban foie gras!

For more info on foie gras, check out PETA’s Delicacy of Despair page, or watch this video of the lives of ducks on a foie gras farm. 

 

 

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10:37AM PDT on Apr 16, 2009

I am very much opposed to the goverment telling me what I can and cannot eat based on MORAL grounds. Thats what this issue is, a moral delima. There is no reason Foie Gras, developed by the Egyptians 2000 years before Christ was supposedly born, BTW, should not be consummed other than it is ethically opposed by SOME people. Geese naturally fatten thier livers every year before beginning migration, at least they did before being domesticated. Ever notice those flocks of geese in corn fields when you driuve by? They are fattening thier livers to store energy for migratory flight. It does NOT harm them. Bottom line for me, I don't relish the thought of the goverment imposing thier morality on me. Ever hear of Roe V. Wade? Will they next tell me I am unable to eat lobster? Then Pork? Then Chicken? Some people believe we should all be vegetarians. I don't and I have a right to my opinion. If GOd had wanted us to be vegetarians He/She would have given us big grinding molars and seven stomachs like cows instead of ripping incisors like the Carnevours we are. If I can gather a large enough lobbying group to ban the production of wheat and rice is that OK? I've got news for you, 10's of millions of people would be dead in months. Again, DO NOT let the goverment tell you what you can and cannot eat. If you are morally opposed to Foie Gras, DO NOT EAT IT! By all means that is your right. I believe I have the right to eat it if I want to. And that is my opinion.

10:36AM PDT on Apr 16, 2009

I am very much opposed to the goverment telling me what I can and cannot eat based on MORAL grounds. Thats what this issue is, a moral delima. There is no reason Foie Gras, developed by the Egyptians 2000 years before Christ was supposedly born, BTW, should not be consummed other than it is ethically opposed by SOME people. Geese naturally fatten thier livers every year before beginning migration, at least they did before being domesticated. Ever notice those flocks of geese in corn fields when you driuve by? They are fattening thier livers to store energy for migratory flight. It does NOT harm them. Bottom line for me, I don't relish the thought of the goverment imposing thier morality on me. Ever hear of Roe V. Wade? Will they next tell me I am unable to eat lobster? Then Pork? Then Chicken? Some people believe we should all be vegetarians. I don't and I have a right to my opinion. If GOd had wanted us to be vegetarians He/She would have given us big grinding molars and seven stomachs like cows instead of ripping incisors like the Carnevours we are. If I can gather a large enough lobbying group to ban the production of wheat and rice is that OK? I've got news for you, 10's of millions of people would be dead in months. Again, DO NOT let the goverment tell you what you can and cannot eat. If you are morally opposed to Foie Gras, DO NOT EAT IT! By all means that is your right. I believe I have the right to eat it if I want to. And that is my opinion.

10:49AM PDT on Apr 2, 2009

I would NEVER ever eat a duck I had a pet duck who was my baby" like a little dog i loved her so much so i just can never eat any ducks! i want to ban it you wouldnt eat your dog so why a duck?

5:03PM PDT on Mar 31, 2009

Eew! I'm a vegetarian, but I know many meat eaters who wouldn't eat that either! How can that be called humane? The idea of snacking on someone else's liver is just gross, to say the least.

11:23PM PDT on Mar 30, 2009

I agree with Erik W and all the comments against this barbaric force feeding - force feed the farmers who own these places - let them feel what it is like - we are all equal in this life and any kind of cruelty to animals should be punished - these animals are entitled to quality of life just as much as we are..

11:35AM PDT on Mar 30, 2009

Here is an empathy exercise...just imagine as a human, being force fed for a period of time...a kind of gorging and what that might feel like.Then imagine walking around w. your liver 10 times it's normal size.I can't imagine that either feel good yet these ducks and geese suffer from both day after day after day and then they are slaughtered.Some humans want what they want when they want it no matter who or what suffers.Other humans are humane and avoid whatever is perpetrating the harm and suffering.

11:07AM PDT on Mar 30, 2009

I didn't know what it was. I'd heard of it of course. I've never been able to eat meat because I get physically sick. My pets are mostly vegetarians by their choice. I cook their meals and was feeding them 1/3 meat, rice or pasta and vegetables. They choose and eat meat last, so I began adding more vegatables, and they clean their plates. I keep carrots in the icebox for them to chew, apples. They have healthy teeth and are very happy. I don't believe domesticated dogs and cats are carnivores. My vet can't believe it, but he's happy about it and told me it extends their life. People are learning meat takes hours to digest, causes colon cancer, heart disease, gastrointestinal disease. Now that I know what this liver is, I feel sick, but will tell more people. We just didn't eat meat in our house when I was little because we couldn't afford it. My mom told me even all those years ago the doctor told her we were healthier for not eating it, and this was over 50 years ago.

9:17AM PDT on Mar 30, 2009

I also feel that foie gras is something developed by someone who needed to get a life.
I wish the cooking shows/contests would boycott it as they use it way too freely.
Any kind of abuse is wrong, wrong, wrong.....
It seems that capitalist mankind is just out to ravage the planet and their only concern seems to be that it last long enough for their own personal lifetime.
Humane foie gras is just another oxymoron to me meant to appease those who would believe without putting an ounce of thought into it.

7:01AM PDT on Mar 30, 2009

I don't care what the Bible says we should eat or not eat. We aren't all Christian or Jewish.

That said, who in the world discovered that you could force-feed a goose or a duck to make its liver huge, and then decided to eat that big diseased-looking thing? Not interested in eating any, thanks.

6:40AM PDT on Mar 30, 2009

Just one more type of meat that we aren't suppose to eat according to the Bible and yet there seems to always be someone out there who thinks they can get away with it. Thank you Governor of California. All the states in the U.S. need to adopt this same bill.
Jerilyn Capaccione

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